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Sunset on the Fraser River

The Neighbourhood

Sunset 1An ethnically diverse neighbourhood within Ontario Street on the west and Knight Street on the east, Sunset extends from 41st Avenue south to the Fraser River in southeastern Vancouver, British Columbia. Like most of southeast Vancouver, the area was once mostly working class, but rising prices everywhere have made the area increasingly popular with young professionals and families no longer able to afford houses on the west side.

Background

Formerly part of the incorporated District of South Vancouver, the neighbourhood became part of Vancouver in 1929. As farmland sloping southward to the river with clusters of homes and villages by the 1860s, when the Fraser River was a full day’s journey to the Granville Townsite on the Burrard Inlet by boat or overland through forest and swamp, Sunset welcomed the advance of Westminster Avenue, now Main Street, south from Mount Pleasant in 1910.

The first immigrants from Punjab arrived in Vancouver in the 1890s. Most of them settled in the area around Main Street and 49th Avenue, and many established restaurants and businesses there. Over the years the Sunset neighbourhood has become for Vancouver’s estimated 160,000 South Asian residents a central assembly point of culture and commerce.

The number of Punjabi speakers increased steadily for decades. It is now the most common language in Sunset. More than one in four, 26 per cent of the Sunset population, in 2006 spoke Punjabi as their first language compared to less than three per cent of the general city population, 21 percent spoke Chinese, and 24 percent English. Businesses, restaurants, and services catering to these communities proliferated along Fraser and Main streets; prominent among them was the Punjabi Market.

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The Punjabi Market

The Punjabi Market is a commercial district and ethnic enclave in a roughly six-block section around Main Street and 49th Avenue. Vancouver is home to more than 200,000 people of Indian and Pakistani descent, nowhere more vibrant than at the Punjabi Market, a world of glittering bangles, flowing saris, and rich curry aromas. The neighbourhood gives visitors a glimpse of South Asian culture on Canada’s Pacific Coast. Shops sell fine silk saris in a rainbow of bright colors and elaborate gowns with thousands of tiny inlaid gems. Bhangra music from Bollywood films pumps out of storefronts. Fine jewelers offer exquisite gold rings, bracelets, and necklaces. In April, the Punjabi Market celebrates Vaisakhi Day, the Sikh New Year, with a colorful parade through the streets attracting thousands of spectators.

Vancouver’s Punjabi Market has been a city fixture for decades, but the 2013 municipal Assessment Roll Report finds the area in financial trouble: “Values here are down about 15 percent as the regional [Indo-Canadian] retail hub continues to shift towards Surrey.” Even Tourism Vancouver says the Punjabi Market is struggling. Once famous for many jewelry stores, the Punjabi Market now displays lots of empty space for lease. Elsewhere across the city, retail property value assessments rise but decline here as businesses relocate to Surrey.

The Punjabi Market Association says the district needs some help from the city, province, and federal governments if it’s going to survive. The Surrey Board of Trade says its city offers lower rents and taxes than does Vancouver.

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Sunset, Vancouver, BC

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  • 203 SW MARINE Drive in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197493

    Main Photo: 203 SW MARINE Drive in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197493
    $7,218,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197493
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    2,304 sq. ft.
    Developers and Investors alert - Marpole Community Plan! Prime redevelopment site with proposed FSR 2.5 in the hub of Marine Gateway up to approximately 44,300 sqft. Super convenient location close to Skytrain Station, shopping area, restaurants, golf course, etc. Situated in one of the best Vancouver West school catchment - Churchill Secondary! Property is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS and can be sold with the neighbours' properties as part of the land assembly. Call listing agent for details. More details
    Regent Park Realty Inc.
  • 236 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197486

    Main Photo: 236 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197486
    $6,103,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197486
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    3,209 sq. ft.
    Developers and Investors alert - Marpole Community Plan! Prime redevelopment site with proposed FSR 2.5 in the hub of Marine Gateway up to approximately 44,300 sqft. Super convenient location close to Skytrain Station, shopping area, restaurants, golf course, etc. Situated in one of the best Vancouver West school catchment - Churchill Secondary! Property is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS and can be sold with the neighbours' properties as part of the land assembly. Call listing agent for details. More details
    Regent Park Realty Inc.
  • 104 W 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2204231

    Main Photo: 104 W 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2204231
    $5,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2204231
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    2,200 sq. ft.
    To be sold as land value for assembly and future development. More details
    Coldwell Banker Westburn Rlty.
  • 40 E 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2098196

    Main Photo: 40 E 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2098196
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Garage
    • Exterior Back
    • Garden
    • Garden
    • Exterior Front
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Family Room
    • Dining Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Entrance Hall
    • Bathroom
    • Entrance Hall
    • Garage
    $5,288,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2098196
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,244 sq. ft.
    Very high end home, must see to appreciate. No mdf used in the house, everything is wood. Central location close to transit, shopping, schools & restaurants. Rough in available to construct a second kitchen on main floor. Great to hold as an investment, owner willing to rent back. 750 sq ft lane way house with a two car garage in the rear. More details
    Amex Broadway West Realty
  • 252 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197396

    Main Photo: 252 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197396
    $5,011,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197396
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,927 sq. ft.
    Developers and Investors alert - Marpole Community Plan! Prime redevelopment site with proposed FSR 2.5 in the hub of Marine Gateway up to approximately 44,300 sqft. Super convenient location close to Skytrain Station, shopping area, restaurants, golf course, etc. Situated in one of the best Vancouver West school catchments - Churchill Secondary! Property is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS and can be sold with the neighbors' properties as part of the land assembly. Call listing agent for details. More details
    Regent Park Realty Inc.
  • 129 - 133 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2182386

    Main Photo: 129 - 133 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2182386
    $4,988,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2182386
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    5,176 sq. ft.
    A spectacular new contemporary residence built by ILA Developments Ltd in the heart of Oakridge hottest neighborhood. This luxury 3 level home boasts 6 bdrms, 6 baths & 990 SF 2 level, 2 bedrooms laneway home. Beautifully designed & exquisite finishes, wide S facing, bright open floor plan, master w/new spa-steam shower ensuite & w/i closet, marble countertops throughout, elegant living & dining rms w/9ft (up&down) 10ft main high ceilings, engineered wood, radiant heat, 2x fireplace, sensational media wine rm, smart home w/advanced technology system control smart phone/tablet. Close to schools, parks, 2-5-10 warranty. Price includes GST. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
  • 45 SW MARINE Drive in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2200618

    Main Photo: 45 SW MARINE Drive in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2200618
    • Front
    • Laneway House
    $4,288,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2200618
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,240 sq. ft.
    Fantastic investment opportunity! Property falls into the Marpole OCP with FSR 2.5, potential for condo development up to 6 stories! Solid bungalow with newly built laneway house in the Vibrant and High Development Potential district in the Marpole area. Across Street from Marine Gateway Complex, Canadian Tire, Starbucks, Best Buy, etc. School catchment: Churchill Secondary and Sexsmith Elementary School. Walk to the Skytrain station (Marine Drive Station). Please act quick! Basement measurement is for the 2 bedroom laneway house. All measurements are approximate, buyers to verify if deemed important. More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 189 W 61ST Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2205100

    Main Photo: 189 W 61ST Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2205100
    $3,798,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2205100
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    3,779 sq. ft.
    This custom built home is located in most desirable Marpole area with a spacious, luxury, bright open floor plan design. S facing, wideopen corner lot. Elegant interior design and exquisite finishes. Main floor 10' high ceiling, European kitchen with custom cabinet, JENNAIR stainless steel appliance, island with double door wine cellar, wok kitchen and office. Upstairs 4 bedrooms with ensuites. Basement features 1 bedroom legal suite with separate entrance from media and wet bar in recreation room. Radiant heat, A/C, HRV, security system. 2 sides enter garage. Close to skytrain, bus, Oakridge Mall, T&T, superstore, cinema, bank, restaurants, Langara golf course, Langara College, Churchill High School. Must see! MOTIVATED SELLER ! Bring your offer. Open House on Sept. 23-24 (Sat.&Sun.) 2-4 p.m. More details
    Metro Edge Realty
  • 944 E 53RD Avenue in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2206123

    Main Photo: 944 E 53RD Avenue in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2206123
    $3,580,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2206123
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    5,064 sq. ft.
    Rare opportunity to own this 5064 SF mansion on 8575 SF Huge lot in South Vancouver. Custom built with vaulted ceiling and 5 sky lights make inside shine. Luxury open kitchen and spice kitchen, 3 car pot garage. Separate entry for two and one bed room unit at basement. Amazing view of Richmond over the huge deck and upstairs bed room . Wide and deep backyard offers you plenty space for seasonal outdoor activities and gardening. Additional value to have big unusual plant monkey puzzle tree. Desirable convenient location and community, minutes away to sunset community center. Transit, shopping, school are all steps away. Open House Sat Oct07 2:00-4:00 More details
    New Coast Realty
  • 766 E 53RD Avenue in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2200972

    Main Photo: 766 E 53RD Avenue in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2200972
    $3,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2200972
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    5,337 sq. ft.
    Custom built 3-storey home!! Prestigious home located on a huge lot 47 x 205 sf, a prime property in South Vancouver. 5337 sf house in 3 stories, 3 bdrms (4 master bdrms plus den on above, 1 bdrm on main and potentially two 2 bdrm suites in bsmt) 9 bathrms (7 full bathrms, and 2 powder room), 2 steam room, jacuzzi, big balconies in 2 master bdrms, bar, spacious living rm, family rm, sizable kitchen plus spice kitchen; high end appliances. High ceiling, granite foyer, many granite features in the whole house and HRV, A/C, surround sound system and security sys. House offer exquisite privacy backyard with fantastic gardening view and landscaping, triple garage.open house: Sept 2nd and Sept 3rd, 2-4 pm More details
    New Coast Realty
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Listing information last updated on October 17, 2017
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